Botswana cricket captain joins Holmewood

Holmewood Cricket Club's prospects of a swift return to Division 2 of the Derbyshire County Cricket League have been boosted by the arrival of Botswana captain Karabo Motlhanka.

Thursday, 11th May 2017, 2:32 pm
Updated Friday, 12th May 2017, 2:27 pm
Botswana cricket captain Karabo Motlhanka pictured playing for Holmewood. Picture taken by Carl Jarvis.
Botswana cricket captain Karabo Motlhanka pictured playing for Holmewood. Picture taken by Carl Jarvis.

Motlhanka, a left-handed top-order batsman and wicket-keeper, has played international cricket since the age of 16 and was made Botswana national team captain three years ago aged 22.

He made the 5,500-mile trip last week and contributed to wins for Holmewood against Marehay and Heanor at the weekend - results that helped the North Derbyshire club climb to third place in Division 3.

Holmewood captain Dan Moss said: “We are delighted to welcome Karabo to Holmewood. It’s a real coup to sign someone with international experience at our level and he has the potential to make a real difference to the club, on the field as a player, and as coach to our junior side.”

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As well as playing for Holmewood, Motlhanka will coach its senior sides and under-12s Kwik Cricket team, which plays on Friday evenings.

Motlhanka added: “I’m delighted to have joined Holmewood for the 2017 season. They’ve had the faith to give me my first season in England and for that I am very grateful.

“I’m excited and very optimistic about how the season will progress, I am ready to give my all for the club and give a helping hand wherever I’m needed.

“Lastly, a big heartfelt thank you to those who have supported me at home leading up to getting here and the continued support I receive while I’m here.”

Holmewood travel to second placed Mickleover on Saturday (1.30pm start).